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NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on Rep.-Elect Stacie Laughton 

CONCORD - Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement on the news that Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton will resign her seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives: 
"I respect Stacie's decision not to be seated in the New Hampshire House and am confident that the new Democratic House majority will stay focused on the work they were sent there by voters to do: move New Hampshire and our economy forward."


Concord, NH- When voters took to the polls on November 6th in Nashua Ward 4, they didn't know that they were voting  for was a convicted felon, who served time in the Belknap County House of Corrections. As reported by the Laconia Daily Sun and Nashua Telegraph, Stacie Laughton served four months in jail on felony charges for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud in 2008.

  "The voters of that representative district deserve to have someone in office who will be fully upfront and honest with them," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "I'm disappointed to hear that the opposite is happening with the election of Ms. Laughton, who didn't come clean with the voters about her record of conspiracy and fraud.  

“I support House Majority Leader Pete Silva on his comments that Representative-elect Laughton resign and I join him on calling for Governor-elect Hassan and Incoming Speaker Norelli to make this a reality. The voters have a fundamental right to know who is seeking to serve them in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.”


PRIDE Month Begins, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Celebrates the Contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans 

Washington, DC -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine today issued the followingstatementmarking June asPRIDE Month:

“Today, on behalf of Democrats across our nation, the Democratic National Committee pays recognition toPRIDE month – a time to join together in celebrating the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender Americans and their families make to our society. We also take this time to reaffirm our commitment to beinga Party of inclusion and one that stands firm in promoting equality for every American.


“As Democrats and Americans, we believe weall are createdequal and we have fought against discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and attempts to divide us instead of unite us.


“The cause of ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans has taken agiant leap forward. With a Democrat in the White House who is committed to equality and justice, we have reached significant milestones. The Obama Administration is the first to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in its first 100 days and it has partnered with the international community at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world.


“The Administration is concentrating on a number of measures to ensure equality for all—such as supporting civil unions, Federal rights for LGBT couples,stronger hate crimes laws, ridding our military of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in a way that both ensures national security and strengthens our Armed forces, banning discrimination in the work place, fighting HIV/AIDS and ensuring adoption rights.


“We as a Party and as a people have come a long way, and we should be proud of what we have accomplished thus far in promoting equal rights for all Americans. But we still have much more to do. As we move ahead with a Democratic Congress and President committed to equality for all Americans, we look forward to a nation where discrimination of any kind isa thing of the past.”



Senate Republicans Vote Down Transgender Bill 

Concord, NH –Today, the New Hampshire Senate voted 24-0 to kill HB 415, which would have given special legal status to transgenders.


“Today was an important victory in stopping the radical San Francisco agenda by the liberal left,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon. “The position of the Senate Republicans is the same as that of Governor Lynch, who says concerns raised by advocates of the bill are already addressed in current law.”


HB 415 would allow a person to enter any restroom, regardless of his or her sex at birth, based on how he or she behaves, sounds or appears.




Dems Publicly Claim Buckley’s Not Involved In “Legislative Battles” While He Privately Pushes Radical Legislation



Democrats Claim That State Party Chairman Ray Buckley Isn’t Involved In The “Legislative Battle” Over The Democrats Radical Agenda:

•· NH Democrat Party Spokeswoman Victoria Bonney told the Concord Monitor that "Party staffers stay out of legislative battles:I asked Democratic spokeswoman Victoria Bonney, and she noted, rightly, that party staffers stay out of legislative battles.” (Concord Monitor, 4/26/09)


•· Senior Democrat Party Advisor Kathy Sullivan said that Ray Buckley's job is "not to be a spokesperson on policy": “There are a Democratic governor, a Democratic state president and a Democratic speaker, other Democratic officeholders elected by the voters to make policy or issues decisions. [Ray Buckley’s] job is to get Democrats elected, not to be a spokesperson on policy when there are elected Democratic officials who are making decisions on those policy issues.” (BlueHampshire, 4/13/09)



But In An Email Obtained By The Nashua Telegraph, Buckley Told Democrat Activists That It Was Important To Win The Recent District 3 State Senate Race Because It Would Boost Support For Same-Sex Marriage Legislation And The Bathroom Bill:


•· Nashua Telegraph: “Buckley was right out front in this missive, saying Martin's support for same-sex marriage and transgender rights made this a bellwether election.” (4/26/09)

And Buckley Secretly Planned To Use A Martin Victory To Convince Other Senators To “Support” And “Pass” The Democrats’ Radical Agenda:

•· Ray Buckley - If Bud Martin wins, Senators "will more likely support these bills and pass them": "Many observers believe that if Bud can win in this Republican district with these issues being on the 'front burner' then others who represent other similar districts will more likely support these bills and pass them,” (Nashua Telegraph, 4/26/09)


•· Buckley: "This could be an amazing victory – with your help!'' (Nashua Telegraph, 4/26/09)



Who Really Speaks For The New Hampshire Democrat Party? Ray Buckley, Or Governor John Lynch?



Buckley Is Advocating For Same-Sex Marriage Despite Opposition From His Party’s Governor:


•· Concord Monitor: “Gov. John Lynch, a centrist Democrat, has said he opposes same-sex marriage...” (4/24/09)

Buckley Is Advocating For The Bathroom Bill Even Though His Party’s Governor Is “Not Convinced” That The Legislation Is Needed:

•· Lynch Spokesman Colin Manning: "We are not convinced that the concerns raised by the supporters of [the Bathroom Bill] aren't already covered under existing law," (Associated Press, 4/9/09)